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  • September 4th, 2009

    Red Sox 6, Tampa Bay 3:
    Winning a Series at the Trop…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:22 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    …For the 1st time since 1997…

    Remember when Tampa Bay sucked and the Sox used to beat them all the time? That was fun–I miss those times…

    But the Sox desperately needed to win last night, and win at least 2 out of 3 in this series–and Holy Buckets! They did what they needed to do, with a little help from a surprisingly depleted Tampa Bay bullpen…

    Joe Maddon made a questionable move in using so many pitchers night after night after night–yeah, sure, they would only face a batter or 2, but then still have to get up and warm up as much as they would if they were pitching a whole inning. I really think fatigue has alot to do with their diminishing effectiveness as the series went on…

    The start by That Clay Person certainly is continuing in the right direction–not the 8.1 inning gem from Saturday night, but certainly well enough to win his 4th game of the season: Throwing 91 pitches, 56 for strikes, Clay threw 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 3…

    Bill Wagner continued his dominance (and 0.00 ERA) with another great outing, getting 2 more strikeouts, and giving up his 1st walk in a Red Sox uniform… So that is 7 of his 9 outs being strikeouts, for those of you playing at home…

    Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon pitched 1 scoreless inning each, striking out 1 and 2 respectively….

    See how much nicer it is when the demonic bullpen tandem (MDC and RR) are out of the mix?

    So, Papelbon gets a fine for $5K (he is making $6 million+ this season) for a “Pacing Violation” Apparently, they think he takes too long getting to the mound (they are allowed 2 minutes and 25 seconds—and 12 seconds to throw the 1st pitch after the batter gets into the box…) I guess he moves slower than that. I would have thought it would be because of that overly dramatic set up, with the contrived deep breath out he always does…This is the 7th time he has been fined for this, with the fines now exceeding well over $10,000–which he has not paid–any of them…maybe you should move a bit faster Jonathan? Just a suggestion, cause I would think that the fines will continue (and grow in amount) if you continue to do it…I wonder if its like parking tickets, where they can come after you if you don’t pay…

    Tim Wakefield has a great side session yesterday, and if nothing lingers, he will get the start on Saturday afternoon, replacing rookie Junichi Tazawa. From Tito: “…we’ll certainly see how he recovers from it and make a decision. We have Saturday’s game, it could be Tazawa who we have lined up right now. We’ll see. We’ll just see how it goes. We want to sit down with Wake, later today and tomorrow and see how he feels….to make sure he shows up and he’s not hurting. He’s able to execute all his pitches really well. That’s not the issue. If he shows up and all of a sudden he’s limping or more sore than he was, that’s probably not a real good situation to put him in.” I am thinking that if he cannot pitch, they will send him for back surgery ASAP, on the chance he could still be used in some capacity in the postseason…

    Speaking of rehabbing, Daisuke will pitch his final minor league game this season tonight, when he takes the mound for Pawtucket. So I expect we will see him get a start with the Sox the middle of next week sometime…

    Coming up: Paul Byrd, coming off his brilliant shutout 2009 debut with the Sox, takes the mound to kick off the final 4 game series against the White Sox. Since Jose Contreras is now with the Rockies, the Sox won’t see him–bummer–it was always fun to beat up on him… Byrd is opposed by Freddie Garcia. 1st pitch 8:11pm. I hope Direct TV allows NESN the broadcast–the White Sox commentators are the WORST in the business…

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